McConnell: Troop Surge In Iraq Showing Early Signs Of Success

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - President Bush's troop build-up aimed at securing Iraq's capital is showing early signs of success. But, Senator Mitch McConnell says, long-term stability in Baghdad will be up to the Iraqis.

McConnell says early indications are that the surge of U.S. troops is working.

McConnell has been a steadfast supporter of Bush's Iraq policy. The senator says the U-S-led effort to clear away the insurgency is going "extremely well." McConnell says the next steps will be to hold the territory and rebuild, and those efforts will be up to the Iraqis.

The president defended his decision to send more troops to Iraq while speaking at a fund-raiser last Friday in Louisville. The event brought in more than two (M) million dollars for McConnell's 2008 re-election campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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